The Great American Eclipse occurred on August 21, 2017 at 10:15am PST. A partial eclipse was visible in all of North America, however the total eclipse consisted of a thin span of no more than 70 miles in width from Charleston, South Carolina to Lincoln City, Oregon. The longest duration was around Carbondale, Illinois where it lasted 2min, 42secs. Here in Willamette Valley of Oregon, the center of the eclipse lasted about two minutes, however I was more on the southern tier of it near the small town of Peoria, so I was allotted a short 1min, 24secs to pull this shot off. An incredible sight, particularly seeing how narrow the corona was around the moon, to which this panorama could never compare to. The lighting on the horizons was also awe-inspiring. As soon as 1% of the sun poked back into view, it became bright as day again. I thought it was going to be packed in this area, & there was much advertising for the event over by Madras, Oregon to which I hear was in fact vehicle overload. I figured this region was better suited, plus there was a lot of backcountry roads to take that could bypass the freeways - coming from the south we were already getting backed up north of Eugene, mainly 85-90% of the license plates were from California. We found this small pulloff where cars had crowded up & there were three spaces left, to which we had about two hours to sit & relax as the partial eclipse began around 9:06am & led up to this one-in-a-lifetime moment as our group & other distant parties all cheered, two kids near me were playing around & also checking out the astronomical marvel. A few minutes before, a plane had actually done a 270 degree turn in the sky above us, going from the south to the east facing the eclipse, which you can see the faint contrails - might have actually been NASA. The last time an eclipse occurred exclusively across what is now American soil was on June 13, 1257.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.